These fish cupcakes are super adorable and will definitely get some attention. They would work great for any ocean themed party or tropical themed party.
After all, the little fish themed cupcakes are bright and cheery, just like tropical fish!
The best part is there is no messing around with fondant. I know a lot of people just don't like working with it.
Instead these easy fish cupcakes are made with any cake recipe you like, including boxed mix. A bag of oreos and some candy melts.
We also used some M&Ms, candy eyes and sprinkles.
You can get almost all of these items from the local craft store and even Walmart!
Ingredients needed for Fish Decorated Cupcakes
This tutorial will show you how to make 12 fish decorated cupcakes. The supplies you'll need are:
- 1 Pack of Oreo Cookies (Or any round sandwhich cookie)
- ½ of a 12oz pack of blue candy melts
- ½ of a 12oz pack of green candy melts
- ½ of a 12oz pack of orange candy melts
- Mini M&Ms in red, orange, green and blue. (We used about 12 for each fish)
- 12 already made cupcakes
- 2 cups of blue frosting
- Rainbow sprinkles
DIY Fish Cupcakes
Now let's get to the fun part! Making the fish cupcakes.
To start out you are going to want to bake you cupcakes first. You can buy plain unfrosted cupcakes, use a box mix or your favorite cupcake recipe.
It really doesn't matter. This tutorial is all about decorating your cupcakes with these easy to make fish!
Now line a baking sheet with wax paper. This will be where your little edible fish will be decorated and allowed to dry.
Starting with one color at a time, melt your candy coating according to the packaged instructions.
If the melted candy ends up being too thick to pour, you can add 1 teaspoon of oil (coconut oil or vegetable shortening works great for this) and stir well. If it's still too thick you can add up to 3 teaspoons total per bag of candy melts.
*Do not add water. It will turn into a gloopy mess!
Now dip each cookie into your melted candy. I usually use a fork stuck into the cookie creme center to help me get total coverage. Tap the excess off gentle against the side of the bowl.
Now place the cookie onto the wax paper.
Now the M&Ms right away to your candy-coated oreo cookies before the candy sets.
Add your candy eye to the opposite side and a red M&M mouth to your fish cookie as well.
Now allow your fish cookies to completely dry. Popping the fish cookies in the fridge can help the candy coating set faster.
Next you're going to want to ice your cupcakes. We used blue icing to look like water.
You can make the icing yourself and dye it blue, but believe it or not, store-bought icing can look really awesome too.
The trick is using a decorating bag with a decorators tip.
The icing we used for these cupcakes are actually blue Pillsbury icing, piped into a decorator bag.
Pipe your blue frosting over the cupcake in a circular direction working from the outer edge towards the center of the cupcake.
Ice all of your cupcakes and sprinkle with a generous amount of your rainbow sprinkles.
Now place one fish onto the center of each of your iced cupcakes. On some of our cupcakes, we had trouble getting our fish to stay.
To remedy this, we figured out you can use a toothpick propped at an angle to hold the fish up.
Once you refrigerate the cupcakes and the icing hardens and sets a bit, you can remove the toothpick.
Refrigerate your cupcakes until ready to serve.